The COVID-19 pandemic is presenting unprecedented circumstances in our communities and around the world. To help ensure the safety and health of our clients, their families and Bruce Peninsula Hospice Volunteers, we have suspended our face-to-face home visiting and support programs as of March 14th until further notice. Bruce Peninsula Hospice is, however, continuing to provide our supportive compassionate care by telephone to the individuals and families we are serving. Client Care Coordinators, Volunteers and staff are available to virtually deliver the emotional and social support our clients and caregivers appreciate as well as offering support for individuals experiencing grief and loss in our community.
This comes at a time when BPH was about to launch a series of educational and fundraising events in our community. We are thinking of everyone during this pandemic and the challenges it will visit upon many in our community and we remain hopeful that our local community spirit of compassion and care will thrive. To this end, we offer two opportunities:
Health care is top of mind at this very sensitive time. Indeed, you are not alone if this pandemic has given you pause, and reason to reflect on your own personal long-term health and personal care wishes. To help you start or continue these important reflections and conversations with loved ones, Bruce Peninsula Hospice is making, Stepping Stones: A Personal Conversation Planning guide available now online for our community. Click here >>> Stepping Stones to view or download the guide. You may also find additional Ontario specific resources here… www.speakupontario.ca
We also invite you to support us in our upcoming fundraising event. Click here>>> for updates on how to participate, using physical distancing, in Hike for Hospice 2020.
We remain in regular contact with Public Health, Hospice Palliative Care Ontario, Health Care and Community Support agencies, local long-term facilities and other health and supportive professionals. While our office will not be open to visitors, we are receiving telephone calls and checking messages frequently. You can reach us at firstname.lastname@example.org or by 519-534-1260 x 5612.
We at Bruce Peninsula Hospice would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to all front-line health care professionals providing care at this time. As an organization deeply routed in our community we wish to express our commitment to listening to medical and public health experts and their advice regarding hygiene protocols and physical distancing. We enclose links and information that may be helpful. As we care for our own health and well-being and that of others, we are grateful to be a part of such a compassionate community and wish everyone the very best in these times.
See the links below for information that may be helpful:
The 2019 Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) – Government of Ontario
Guide Lines for Social Distancing – Ontario Medical Association
Self Isolation – Public Health Ontario